According to Pakistan's Foreign Office (FO), Pompeo congratulated Khan while discussing other issues of interest and there was no mention of "terrorists operating in Pakistan"
In an unusual move, Pakistan on Thursday asked the US to "immediately correct" a readout issued by the State Department in which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
was quoted as saying that he asked Pakistan's new Prime Minister to take "decisive action" against all terrorists
operating in the country.
State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert
said in a statement that Pompeo, in his talks with Khan, raised the importance of Pakistan taking "decisive action" against all terrorists
operating in Pakistan and its vital role in promoting the Afghan peace process.
However, according to the Foreign Office (FO), Pompeo
while discussing other issues of interest and there was no mention of "terrorists
operating in Pakistan".
FO spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that "Pakistan takes exception to the factually incorrect statement issued by US State Department
on today's phone call between Prime Minister Khan
and Secretary Pompeo".
"There was no mention at all in the conversation about terrorists
operating in Pakistan. This should be immediately corrected," Faisal said on Twitter.
The Pakistani media this week reported that Pompeo
is likely to visit Islamabad in the first week of September to hold talks with newly-elected Prime Minister Khan.
Pompeo, who is expected in Islamabad on September 5, would be the first foreign dignitary to meet Khan, Dawn reported, quoting the diplomatic and official sources.
The relations between Pakistan and the US nose-dived after President Donald Trump
in January accused Islamabad of giving nothing to Washington but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists.
The US Congress
also passed a bill to slash Pakistan's defence aid to USD 150 million, significantly below the historic level of more than USD one billion per year.
In his victory speech last month, Khan
said he wants a balanced relation between Pakistan and America which should be mutually beneficial, not one-sided.